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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Cheese, Chicken, Dinner, Italian, Leftovers, Pasta, Vegetables

ShareOne of my favorite things about this time of year is being able to cook food fresh from my garden. As a kid, I remember a favorite lunch of cherry tomatoes still warm from the sun, with slices of cheese and a few crackers. BLT’s with garden tomatoes were a treat for everyone – for […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, April 1st, 2011 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Bacon, Beans, Dinner, Italian, Side Dish, Tomatoes

ShareTonight I’m going to the Huntington Book Revue for a book signing.  Not just any signing. Tonight, I’m going to meet Bethenny. Let me just say that I have been a Bethenny fan since the first episode of The Real Housewives of New York.  Under the glitz and glam, there was something so immediately real […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Appetizer, Cheese, Dinner, Italian, Side Dish, Tomatoes, Vegetarian

ShareMy husband is one of those lucky people who comes from a big family on both sides. Not only that, but most of his cousins are in a similar age bracket: late 20’s to about 40, all with burgeoning careers and adult lives and families of their own. Last weekend, we came together with the […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Dinner, Holiday, Italian, Leftovers, Pasta, Turkey

ShareOur Thanksgiving was everything I’d hoped it would be. A house full of family, an adorable and well behaved baby girl, a long morning walk, a gorgeous table (she said as she pats herself on the back), and heaps of good food.  We had roast turkey and deep fried turkey. It rained, so we had […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, October 28th, 2010 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Baking, Breakfast, Dessert, Fruit, Holiday, Italian

ShareI always loved Halloween as a kid.  It was the highlight of the fall.  And I don’t even like candy. I had the kind of mom who’d make my costumes herself.  There were never any store bought mermaid or Miss America costume-in-a-bag outfits in our house. I think the best costume I ever had was […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, March 12th, 2010 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Holiday, Italian, Pork

ShareMy father is not a cook.  Let’s get this straight right away.  He is a great many wonderful things, but as far as cooking goes, it’s toast and delivery pizza (and the toast thing is extremely rare, though he’s been doing pretty well on the grill, of late).  My mother buys pre-cut Cracker Barrel cheese […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, February 12th, 2010 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Cheese, Dinner, Italian

ShareMost people are of the mindset that when the cat’s away, the mouse will play.  In this apartment, the cat and the mouse actually enjoy quite a symbiotic relationship.  So really all that happens when the cat is away is that the mouse eats mushrooms.  And olives. In abundance. My better half gets home tonight […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, January 8th, 2010 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Beans, Dinner, Italian, No really, what IS for lunch?, Pasta, Soups, Tomatoes, Vegetables

ShareI rode the elevator yesterday with a man who complained bitterly of the cold weather we’ve been having.  In fact, that’s pretty much all I’ve heard about since New Years. Every day, the weatherman talks about the “deep freeze in the Northeast,” or the latest cold snap. My doorman keeps telling me to “stay warm!” […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, January 4th, 2010 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Beef, Dinner, Italian, Pasta, Tomatoes

ShareThe first decade of the 21st century ended quietly for the Shanleys. To be honest, 2009 was a trying year.  Of course there were some treasured memories. This blog was certainly a fulfilling highlight.  We found a beach rental that we fell in love with.  Got upgraded to first class on a long awaited trip […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, December 14th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Baking, Chocolate, Holiday, Italian

ShareI grew up in an area of Baltimore that was about as far from The Wire as a body could possibly get (though not in distance). I went to an all girls private school, wore a blue and white uniform every day for eighteen years, and in the summers took tennis lessons and went to […]


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